From: Otis Willie
Subject: Grand Jury Won't Indict FBI Agent
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 15:35:00 EDT
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 19:35:00 GMT
Grand Jury Won't Indict FBI Agent
(EXCERPT) Wed Jul 3, 7:05 AM ET
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A grand jury decided not to indict an FBI ( news
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State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee said Tuesday's decision "does not
in any way excuse or justify what has occurred here."
Joseph C. Schultz, 20, was shot March 1 when FBI agents pulled over a
car driven by his girlfriend, mistaking it for one driven by suspects
in a robbery.
Schultz's attorney said his client was reaching for his seat belt when
Special Agent Christopher Braga, 35, shot Schultz, shattering his jaw.
Schultz has since undergone reconstructive surgery and Braga has
returned to regular duty.
Braga said he thought Schultz was moving, perhaps reaching for a gun,
The prosecutor said an investigation of the shooting by county police
and the FBI "revealed serious breakdowns in planning, supervision and
The grand jury had three choices — indict, decline to recommend
criminal charges or ask for further investigation. Grand jury
decisions, which are made in secret, require agreement by a simple
Jurors deliberated 20 minutes before returning their decision,
Weathersbee's office said in a statement.
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